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'Miles Davis: Live in Germany 1987'
(Miles Davis / DVD / NR / (2006) 2009 / Eagle Rock)

Overview: From the mid-fifties to his death in the early nineties, Miles Davis was universally recognized as one of the most innovative musicians working in Jazz. This concert, filmed in Munich in 1987, followed the release of his Grammy Award winning album Tutu and the set list features two tracks from that record, the title track and "Portia", plus his unique arrangements of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time".

DVD Verdict: Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer; and widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s. But, and above all, Davis displayed an unparalleled capability of selecting musicians for his groups and of directing them.

But back in 1987 Davis was a whole different beast of a musician. Known for his extracurricular pharmaceutical activities, and having kicked habits (on and off) for a few years before, truly his stage persona had melded into something not-of-the-known-Miles-Davis beloved reign.

Ergo, this 'That's What Happened-Live in Germany 1987' DVD has many eratic moments in behavior and musical timing, not the least his passion for singing some songs semi-sideways; virtually turning his back on the audience! Still though he gives us some gems in the fashion of his trumpet playing and he even takes to his synthesizer - for a few notes, here and there!

He also covers pop hits such as Michael Jackson’s 'Human Nature' and Cyndi Lauper’s 'Time After Time,' and although they don't quite make it as stand outs, they are nice to sit abck and admire. But don't forget to check out the 30 minute interview with Miles Davis filmed back at that time! Man, that's something NOT to miss, trust me! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 and comes with the Special Features of:

30 minute interview with Miles Davis filmed in 1987
Miles and his Art